Getting Around

 

Getting to class should be easy and affordable.

Free public bus services for WITT students 

Public bus services are operated under contract to the Taranaki Regional Council.

For the latest timetables, routes etc. visit Taranaki Regional Council.

Timetables are also available from bus drivers, any district library or service centre in the New Plymouth District, the Ariki Street Bus Centre and Stratford or South Taranaki District service centres.  You can follow them on the Taranaki Public Transport Facebook Group to keep up to date with the services, changes and other news.

Want to know how far away the next bus is, you can now track them live.

Bee Cards are coming – what do you need to know?

What’s Bee Card?

Bee Card is the new bus payment card being introduced by Taranaki Regional Council. From 19 October 2020, all bus users - for both the Citylink and Connector services - will need a Bee Card.

Bee Ready! 

Your student ID card will no longer work on the buses from 19 October, as the Citylink and Connector bus services switch to Bee Card. That means you’ll need a Bee Card that’s loaded with the WITT student concession to continue enjoying free bus travel.

So, get your Bee Card set up before 19 October, so you are ready to go!

What are the steps for WITT students?

1. Pop in to Registry at WITT’s Bell Street campus (or one of the customer service points listed below) to pick up a Bee Card and fill out a Concession Form. It’s best to do this as soon as possible, so that you’re ready to travel free from 19 October without any issues.

2. Once you’ve picked up a Bee Card, and filled out a Concession Form you’ll need to go online to register and activate your card: www.beecard.co.nz.

3.  That’s all you need to do for now. Taranaki Regional Council will process your Concession Form, to make sure your free travel concession is loaded to your Bee Card. This will take a few days so act now to ensure you can travel on buses from 19 October.

4. Start travelling with Bee Card from 19 October. Don’t forget, you’ll need to use your WITT student ID card until then.

Pick up your Bee Card from Registry at WITT's Bell Street campus or one of these customer service points:

  • Puke Ariki i-SITE
  • NP Bus Centre, Ariki St
  • Tranzit, Sunley St, NP
  • Bell Block Library
  • Waitara Library
  • Stratford i-SITE
  • South Taranaki i-SITE
  • Pickerings Ltd, Opunake

New Plymouth, Bell Block Waitara and Oakura

The Citylink bus service is operated by Tranzit Coachlines.  

New Plymouth – 9 routes operating 14 services, week days (excluding Public Holidays)
Bell Block and Waitara –5 return services weekdays
Oakura – 4 return services weekdays

Hawera to New Plymouth

The Connector bus service is operated by Pickering Motors.

Hawera to New Plymouth – 4 return services, week days (excluding Public Holidays). You can phone them on 0800 26 63 28 or visit their website.

Live tracking of the Connector bus. Check out TrackABus Taranaki. Available via mobile browser or by text. Text NPY and then the Stop# (refer timetable for your stop number) to 400. Text charges will apply.


Frequently Asked Questions on the Hawera to New Plymouth Connector bus service

1. I don’t live at one of the towns noted on the timetable.  Can I still be picked up? 

Yes, anyone along the route on State Highway 3 can be picked up.  Designated pick up points have been set or can be arranged when booking.  Please phone 0800 221 120 to get more information or to arrange a pick up point.

2. Do I have to book? 

Yes, it is important that all passengers book a seat for the first northbound service, departing Hawera i-SITE at 6.40am, and the last southbound service, departing Ariki St Bus Centre at 5.00pm.

3. How do I book a seat? 

WITT student passengers must complete the online connector registration form

4. Can I just wave the bus down to get it to stop? 

No, the timetable is very tight and to ensure that it runs on time passengers will only be picked up at designated stops or by arrangement when booking your seat.

5. How much will it cost me?

WITT students travel for free on presentation of a valid student ID card. The ID card information is to match the booking name and photo ID. Card name verification will be checked against current WITT enrolments.

6. Can I make a block booking to fit in with my study timetable? 

Yes, block bookings on a term by term basis can be made. Note however there will be a cancellation requirement of no less than 24 hours to secure block bookings. Be aware that by not cancelling your seat you may be preventing another person from being able get travel on the bus.

7. Is the vehicle able to take passengers with mobility impairments? 

No, all passengers using the service need to be able to get on and off the bus independently.  The service does not cater for people with significant mobility impairments. If you require wheelchair capable transport please contact Taranaki Base Hospital or your nearest Health Centre.

8. I am a Trades Academy student. Can I travel on the bus for free for the days I attend WITT?

The Trades Academy Programme Coordinator will discuss your transport options during the interview process.  If you are using the Connector bus your travel, for the days you attend WITT, is free. The Trades Academy Administrator will book your seat. The Bus Driver will issue you with a Connector Student Identification Card on your first trip to WITT.

9. If I can’t get on for free how do I pay? 

The service uses an electronic ticketing system with Smart Cards. Cash fares are also available. Go to your nearest i-SITE to register and obtain your Smart Card.  Cards cost $5.00 each.

10. Are concession (discounted) fares available? 

Yes, a concession fare gives discount off the standard cash fare.  Smart Card stored value concession fares are available for the following passengers; Child 5-16 years, Tertiary Students, Senior Citizens, Beneficiaries and ACCESS card holders.

11. Will the bus wait for me if I’m running late? 

No, the bus runs to a tight timetable so will leave each departure point on time.  We recommend you be at your stop at least 10 minutes prior to the stated departure time.


Walking or Biking

Thinking about walking or biking to work but not sure what the best route is to go? New Plymouth is lucky to have lots of walkways and central to get around! Ditch the car and see how far it is for you to get to WITT!

Visit the Let's Go website for more information.